Hagerty Announces First Session Summer Interns

June 7, 2021

WASHINGTON—United States Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) today announced the individuals that will be serving as interns in his Washington, D.C. and Tennessee offices for the first summer session.

“I am pleased to offer students this educational opportunity to learn about the legislative branch of government,” Senator Hagerty said. “This internship offers students a first-hand experience on the inner workings of a U.S. Senate office, not only here in Washington as I work to advance important legislation and policies, but also back home in my Tennessee offices as my staff travels the state meeting with citizens and fulfilling casework requests.”

Washington, D.C. Interns

Sara Brooks Adams is from Jackson, Mississippi. She is a senior at the University of Mississippi where she is majoring in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism.

Cole Bornefeld is from Hendersonville, Tennessee. He is a junior at Western Kentucky University where he majors in Public Relations with a minor in Political Science.

Cooper Mays is from Centerville, Tennessee. He graduated from Freed-Hardeman University this spring where he studied law and politics, and communications. Mays will be starting law school at the University of Memphis in the fall.

Joel Rayburn is from Edmund, Oklahoma. He currently attends the University of Oklahoma where he studies political science.

Emily Sirh is a senior at the University of Alabama studying Public Relations with concentrations in media and sports, and a minor in business. She grew up in McLean, Virginia, and her family lives in the Knoxville area.

Mason Skeeters is from Nashville, Tennessee. He will be attending Virginia Tech this fall as a member of the Corps of Cadets and studying mechanical engineering.

Theodore (Teddy) Witt is a native of Washington, D.C. He is a senior at Miami University (Ohio), majoring in political science with a minor in history.

Tennessee Interns

Bryan Lay is from Mountain City, Tennessee. He graduated from Milligan University in May with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and double minor in History and Humanities. He is interning in the Nashville office.

Daniel Lucas is from Orinda, California. He is studying Law, History, and Society (LHS) and Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he is also pursuing a minor in Business. He is interning in the Nashville office.

Landie Maness is from Rutledge, Tennessee. She is currently a second year student at Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law. Maness graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2020, earning two degrees in Law & Politics and Religion with honors. She is interning in the Knoxville office.

Emily McCaul is originally from Barrington, Illinois but calls Knoxville home now. She is rising junior at Clemson University where she majors in Political Science with a minor in Spanish Studies. She is interning in the Knoxville office.

Jack Mnich is a native of Hendersonville, Tennessee. He is a senior at the University of Tennessee with a major in political science and a double minor in economics and American history Mnich is interning in the Knoxville office.

Jasper Murphy is a student at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee. Murphy is interning in the Tri Cities office.

Malaysia Talbert is from Sparta, Tennessee, and currently lives in Cookeville, Tennessee. She is a senior at Tennessee Technological University studying communication with a focus in public relations. Talbert is interning in the Cookeville office.

Trent White is from Erwin, Tennessee and will be attending East Tennessee State University in the Fall, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. White is interning in the Tri Cities office.

The fall internship application is now open. The fall session will run from September 13th until December 10th.

The internship application can be accessed here. Positions are limited. Deadline to apply is July 31st.